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  • Writer's pictureTodd Render

Stop ruining your case

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We expend a lot of energy towards things we believe to be important.

We also realize that to influence and enlist others in our causes increases the impact exponentially.

However, when we say something stupid or scandalous, snarky or sniping (do I ever do that?), let something slip that is misdirected or mean, something inappropriate or vindictive, it can ruin what we were trying to accomplish. ‘Stupid’ swamps whatever point we were trying to make.

“If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” (James 1:26 NLT)

Worthless: vain, futile, counts for nothing, empty, false, meaningless.

On the contrary,

“Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips” Ecclesiastes 10:12NIV

When we slip, we can own up and ask for forgiveness, plead for some grace. Knowing that others slip, too, we can extend grace and forgiveness, not counting every stupid word against them. Grace wins.

Make every word count.


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